Answered By: Franny Gaede
Last Updated: Jun 18, 2014     Views: 25

The only instances where you could legally make copies of entire DVDs, CDs, and VHS tapes for redistribution via the BU streaming server is if:

  1. You have written permission from the copyright holder. 
  2. You or your department entered into some sort of licensing agreement with the publisher that makes copying and redistribution acceptable. 
  3. The amounts are small and fall within fair use guidelines

Be aware that this is an unsettled area of copyright law.  When last we visited this topic our legal council advised acquisition of the appropriate permissions.  If permissions were not to be had our legal council encouraged seeking out other safe alternatives.

  • Contact the publisher and ask for permission to make a copy or copies of the video for streaming.
  • Purchase an additional copy or copies.
  • Show the video in your classroom or lecture hall while all students are present (eliminates the need for multiple copies, separate viewings, or streaming).
  • Work with the library to acquire additional copies for the library collection, and have those copies placed on course reserve.